2004, 1st edition; G.P. Putnam's Sons publishers, New York; hardbound in Persian red boards and lucent lettering on spine; embossed turkey on cover; very good condition, appears unread; very slight list to edge; dust jacket very good.
A man is shot and killed in the woods on reporter Jim Qwilleran "Qwill"'s property, and his cat Koko howls his "death howl" at the exact time of the murder. The death is almost neglected because of the excitement about the neighboring town of Brr's bicentennial celebration. In order to write a story for the celebration, he interviews Edythe Carroll, who is a wealthy widow. Edythe, who now lives in Ittibittiwasse Estates, doesn't know that her granddaughter Lish (Alicia) and her "driver" (Lush) trashed her mansion while they stayed in it. After Qwill convinces Mrs. Carroll to turn her historic mansion into a museum, "Lish & Lush" are evicted from the house.
Gary Pratt (owner of the Hotel Booze) suggests Alicia handle sound effects on Qwill's new one-man show "The Great Storm". After Qwill hires her to research Koko's ancestry in Milwaukee, she is unable to assist with the show and is replaced by Maxine Pratt (Gary's wife and owner/operator of the marina in Brr). Alicia finds out "facts" about Koko's heritage (which are made up stories) and charges him an outrageous fee for the "research".
After the dedication of the Carroll Museum, Edythe and Qwill return to Edythe's home to discover "Lish" has burglarized the place. She stole many valuable miniature porcelain shoes her grandmother had collected. Later it is revealed that she dies in a car accident, but the porcelain shoes are recovered, because they were wrapped in thick towels and in suitcases in the car. In the end "Lish & Lush" are revealed as the shooters of the man in the woods. Lush visits Qwill's barn, not knowing "Lish" was killed in an accident. After revealing that he was her "shooter" and learning he would be arrested and put on trial for the crimes they committed, he ends up shooting and killing himself in Qwill's gazebo.
Koko "talks turkey" and begins attracting wild turkeys back to Moose County after a long absence.